Certification in business continuity skills has two major functions: a guarantee of excellence and recognition of that excellence. These two aspects are nonetheless different. Imagine a certification requiring professional levels of business continuity skills and experience, but that was unknown. Or one that benefited from great marketing, but that did not truly reflect the quality and aptitude of its holders. Fortunately, CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional) from DRI International satisfies both criteria. CBCP holders are prized the world over. Organisations know that CBCP is a rigorously applied certification granted only to professionals meeting overall high business continuity standards. What gives CBCP this enviable position in the business continuity world?
CBCP is founded on the premise that the best business continuity certification for practitioners is based on real-life BC experience, as well as in-depth understanding of its principles. For these reasons, CBCP covers all the relevant factors: a minimum amount of BC experience, a qualifying exam, demonstrable experience in different subjects that are priorities for business continuity/disaster recovery, and verification of that experience by external references for each subject area.
This experience-driven approach, essential for the certification of excellence and the accompanying recognition, also means that obtaining CBCP certification may take up to several weeks. The DRI International Commission will follow up on references given by applicants to ensure that CBCP is granted only where justified and merited. This painstaking approach is one of the factors that make CBCP so valuable to those who achieve it. Employers and clients know that CBCP is confirmation of high professional quality in business continuity and disaster recovery. And once CBCP has been granted, holders can extend its value year after year by staying up to date with annual continuing education and certification requirements – yet another guarantee to certified practitioners and their organisations of recognition and excellence, respectively.